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Portgual. The Man will perform a free stripped down concert at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo as part of the #EndangeredSong campaign. Performance begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. There is no opening act. The Great Cats team at the Zoo will be available to answer questions about Sumatran tigers—including the three living there—and conservation. Food and beverages will be available for purchase during the concert. The Zoo’s Speedwell Conservation Carousel will play music by Portugal. The Man that evening to celebrate the Endangered Song Project. Parking Lot D (paid), near the Harvard Street gates, is the closest to Lion/Tiger Hill. Any guests taking Metro and entering from the Connecticut Avenue pedestrian gates should allow 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the band shell. Click here for a Zoo map.
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and National Zoo and indie band Portgual. The Man launched the #EndangeredSong Project April 22, Earth Day 2014. The analog meets digital outreach campaign has been raising awareness about the critically endangered Sumatran tiger and the need for conservation efforts. The Zoo and the band distributed a previously unreleased song titled “Sumatran Tiger” to 400 social media influencers on 400 custom polycarbonate records, which will degrade after a certain amount of plays. With no other copies in existence, the 400 participants were tasked with digitizing and “breeding” the song through their social channels with #EndangeredSong.
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Smithsonian's National Zoo
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and National Zoo (nationalzoo.si.edu) are leaders in science, conservation and sharing knowledge to save wildlife and habitats. The living collection includes more than 1,800 animals from 300 species. Headquartered in Front Royal, Va., SCBI facilitates and promotes veterinary and reproductive research as well as conservation ecology programs based at Front Royal, the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and at field research stations and training sites worldwide. The National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex. To stay engaged with the National Zoo, visit www.facebook.com/nationalzoo, http://instagram.com/smithsonianzoo, https://twitter.com/nationalzoo and http://www.youtube.com/user/SmithsonianNZP.